Influenza A and B and RSV PCR - Fairview Range and Grand Itasca

Sunquest Code:FABPCR  
Epic Code:LAB6401Epic Name:Influenza A/B RSV PCR
Synonyms:Influenza A PCR; Influenza B PCR; Respiratory Syncytial Virus PCR; Real-Time PCR; FABPCR
Methodology:Multiplex Ral Time RT-PCR
Test Includes:Influenza A, Influenza B and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Turnaround Time:Test is performed 24 hours per day/7 days per week. Results are reported within 1 hour.
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Nasal Swab Collection

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Nasopharyngeal swab in 3 mL Universal Viral Transport Medium
Container:Xpert Nasopharyngeal Sample Kit (Cepheid)
Collection Instructions:Nasopharyngeal swab: Flocked swab in 3 mL Universal Viral Transport Medium. See Associated Links.

If sending via PTS, the specimen must be placed in a lab specimen bag with an absorbent pad and then placed into another lab specimen bag.
Causes for Rejection:Specimen types other than nasopharyngeal swabs are not acceptable for testing with this methodology.
Range: Collection devises other then Cepheid NP Collection Kit or Copan flocked swabs in BD UTM viral transport media will be rejected.
GICH: Collection devises other than Xpert Nasopharyngeal Sample Collection Kit for Viruses will be rejected.
Contraindications:Recent patient exposure to FluMist or other live attenuated influenza vaccines may cause inaccurate positive results.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator. Specimens placed in transport medium can be stored up to 24 hours at room temperature or up to 7 days at 2-8°C prior to testing.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Microbiology  (Range, Grand Itasca)


Reference Range:Negative
Use:This assay is for testing Influenza A, Influenza B and respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) by PCR during influenza season, using nasopharyngeal swabs or nasal aspirates/washes in patients with more severe symptoms who may need hospitalization.

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